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Arts Clayton to open congressional art exhibit

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Arts Clayton Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Gower straightens a painting in the Arts Clayton Gallery’s new exhibit, featuring entries from the 13th Congressional District Art Competition.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Arts Clayton Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Gower straightens a painting in the Arts Clayton Gallery’s new exhibit, featuring entries from the 13th Congressional District Art Competition.

Arts Clayton Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Gower said she sees two late Twentieth Century cultural icons in one of the entries in this year’s 13th Congressional District Art Competition — Andy Warhol and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The entry, created by a high school student in the congressional district, is a pair of slightly open lips, in which the lips, and the background, are cut into four bright color blocks.

One corner of the lips is yellow, on a black background. Another corner of the mouth is red, with a green backdrop. Conversely, a third corner of the lips is green, with a red block behind it. The fourth corner of the mouth is purple, on a yellow background.

“It’s what I imagine you would get if you mixed the Rocky Horror Picture Show logo with the color schemes from an Andy Warhol painting,” Gower said.

The Arts Clayton Gallery will continue a long-standing partnership with Congressman David Scott’s office in March, when it houses a month-long exhibit made up of entries from the 13th Congressional District Art Competition. Scott (D-Ga.) represents Georgia’s 13th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The competition is open only to high school art students who live in the congressman’s district.

The exhibit, which is on display, is set to formally open to the public Friday, during a reception held at the gallery, which is located at 136 South Main St., in Jonesboro. The reception is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., and is open to the general public. There are 74 pieces of artwork on display.

“It [the art competition exhibit] is always exciting because the artwork is usually vibrant, and colorful, and fun,” Gower said.

Anyone who wants to know which pieces won the competition, however, will have to wait a little bit longer. Scott’s office is not scheduled to announce the winners until March 17. It will host a separate, private reception for the contestants at the gallery on that date.

The student whose work wins the competition is expected to receive scholarships from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Atlanta Art Institute.

The high schoolers are not the only students whose work will be on display at the gallery next month, however. Gower said the gallery will host a separate exhibit, featuring artwork created by students at James A. Jackson Elementary School’s School of the Arts. The elementary school students’ artwork will be on display in a studio room that Arts Clayton normally uses for special events at the gallery.

It is one of the rare times that elementary school students get to have their work displayed in the gallery, the Arts Clayton administrative assistant said. “We have a partnership with the school system to provide art opportunities to students, so we do a lot of activities with them [at Jackson Elementary School],” she explained.

Call (770) 473-5410, for more information about either exhibit.